CBRE has a complaints procedure and a complaints registration system. The complaints procedure oversees the handling of all types of complaints (both internally and externally) reaching CBRE. The complaints registration system supports this procedure.
We work on the principle that complaints are handled confidentially, and that people are only made aware of the complaint or its existence if their position makes this desirable or necessary.
The following subjects are dealt with in more detail in the complaints procedure:
- Definition of the complaint
- Obligation to report
- Handling and settlement of external complaints
- Handling and settlement of internal complaints
- Urgent complaints
- Publicity risk
- Supervision and management
1.1 Purpose of the Complaints Procedure
The purpose is to acquire insight into the nature, extent and settlement of complaints about CBRE, so that adequate measures can be taken where necessary to eliminate the complaint and prevent its recurrence in the future.
1.2 Definition of the Complaint
A distinction is made between internal and external complaints.
An internal complaint is a non-personal, written expression of dissatisfaction (incl. email) by a staff member of CBRE about a specific process or a specific action or omission on the part of CBRE.
External complaints concern any written expression of dissatisfaction (incl. email) by a customer or business contact about any action or omission on the part of CBRE, its staff, or one of its contracted subcontractors.
A complaint by telephone or communicated orally is not considered a complaint. The staff member to whom the complaint is expressed will explain to the complainant that if he/she wishes to submit a complaint, this can be done in writing.
1.3 Obligation to Report
In accordance with this complaints procedure, every CBRE staff member must report external complaints to their immediate superior. They will ensure this is done immediately after receipt of the complaint. The registration and settlement are discussed in more detail under Section 2.
2. Handling and Settlement of External Complaints
Attn. Legal&Compliance Dpt.
PO Box 7971
1008 AD AMSTERDAM
The complaint is received by CBRE (Compliance) and is forwarded to the relevant business unit.
The relevant business unit confirms the complaint within two days, stating who will handle it.
A copy of the complaint is sent to the person handling the complaint, who must respond to the complaint in writing within three weeks. A copy of this response must be sent to the Compliance department.
If no reply is received from the complainant within five working days of the dispatch of the written response, the complaint will be considered settled.
The person handling the complaint archives the letter of complaint in the relevant complainant's file. The Compliance department will also archive a copy of the correspondence.
3. Handling and Settlement of Internal Complaints
The internal complaint must be submitted in writing by the staff member to her/his immediate superior. If, for whatever reason, this is not possible, the complaint can be submitted to the general management.
The complaint is handled by the Compliance department, which brings the complaint to the attention of the person within CBRE responsible for resolving the complaint.
4. Urgent Complaints
If a complaint has to be resolved urgently, the person receiving the complaint is responsible for its timely settlement.
5. Supervision and Management
CBRE's Compliance department is responsible for supervising compliance with the complaints procedure. The data concerning the complaint are kept by the person handling the complaint for a period of at least one year after it has been settled.